Free federal tax prep: This is what you need to know, how to check whether you’re eligible for PVAMU’s assistance program

FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 file photo shows part of a 1040 federal tax form printed from the Internal Revenue Service website, in Zelienople, Pa. Tax filing season will start a bit later and look a bit different this year. Thats because the pandemic that defined 2020 has seeped into tax time as well. If you worked from home, received a relief payment, took on some gig work or filed unemployment benefits _ or someone filed a fake claim in your name _ there are things you need to be aware of. Likewise if you normally receive certain tax credits. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on Feb. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) (Keith Srakocic, Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – If you need help preparing your federal tax return, accounting professors and graduate students enrolled in business accounting courses at Prairie View A&M University’s College of Business are available to help eligible people.

The program is available to people earning $66,000 or less, college students, the disabled, and senior citizens through the IRS deadline extension date of June 15, 2021.

Due to the pandemic, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is being carried online with virtual clinic hours on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. via telephone or Zoom.

The free service is provided by Accounting Professor Brian Lee, CPA, Ph.D., several IRS-certified graduate students, and the PVAMU Community Economic Development Extension Program.

Information provided by PVAMU on the tax prep program (PVAMU)

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